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Publisher Description

Water can keep you alive …


A man in a wheelchair goes missing in rough country in the Bighorn Basin of Wyoming. Reporter and amateur sleuth Elizabeth “E.M.” Danniher and KWMT-TV colleague Mike Paycik immediately join the search organized by local rancher Thomas Burrell.


But soon they’re on a search of a different kind – a search for the truth.


It takes them deep into the intricacies of the community served by the Red Sail Ditch – the irrigation system that could make a ranch viable or worthless. They find rivalries, cooperation, antagonisms, inter-dependencies, and motives for murder.

… Or get you killed.

Don’t miss Elizabeth Danniher’s other Caught Dead in Wyoming adventures:

Sign Off

Left Hanging

Shoot First  

Look Live

Back Story

Cold Open

Hot Roll (2019)

What people are saying about LAST DITCH:

"Full of mystery, human interest, a teasing romance and a lot of great characters from the series, and some new ones!"

“Another engaging murder mystery by McLinn. She injects humor at just the right times, keeping it always interesting and light, and with always a surprising ending!”

“Weaves a wonderful tapestry of modern life in the west.”

“All kinds of twists on so many levels.”

What people are saying about the CAUGHT DEAD IN WYOMING series

“There's a real love for wide-open spaces in McLinn's writing, and it's a pleasure to visit the world she so beautifully creates. Can't wait for the next book(s)!”

“E.M.’s internal monologues are sharp, snappy and often hilarious.”

“Hoping this series lasts forever!”

“McLinn has created in E.M. a female protagonist who is flawed but likable, never silly or cartoonish, and definitely not made of cardboard.”

“While the mystery itself is twisty-turny and thoroughly engaging, it's the smart and witty writing that I loved the best.” – Diane Chamberlain, bestselling author

If you like mystery with romance, try these other books by Patricia McLinn:

Proof of Innocence

Price of Innocence (2019)

Ride the River: Rodeo Knights (romantic suspense, includes setting and cameos from Caught Dead in Wyoming characters)

Mysteries & Thrillers
September 1
Craig Place Books
Patricia McLinn

Customer Reviews

math wizard ,


Excellent story! The mysteries keep getting better and better! I love the way Mike’s aunt and Mrs. Paren and Penny keep feeding information to Elizabeth and Mike. Tom has his spot in the group along with Diana and Jennifer. Such a cohesive group. The relationship between Elizabeth, Mike and Tom is developing nicely. I highly recommend this series of mystery books as they are well written and developed!

NASA44 ,

Last Ditch

This is an amazing series....book four was as engaging as book one. The plot was not unique, but so well crafted that I was riveted....

The characters continue to evolve and deepen and if the remarks about small town life cut a bit close to caricature, they work.

Now it's on to book five.

Moonhawwk ,

A great series continues

Usually by book 4 of a series, that something special found in the first books has been lost. I am so happy to say that is not the case here. Great plot, the characters are progressing (at a realistic pace!). Love it when a series can still rely on the plot to carry it through.

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